Eagle-Vultures/Griffons As Life Power Agents

Göbekli Tepe Pillars 43 (Network & Vulture) and 18 (Ancestor)
The two most important pillars found at Göbekli Tepe so far. Pillar 43 on the left shows the Ancient Pagan Paradigm and pillar 18 on the right shows that pillars represented ancestral powers as shown by its human representation of hands over stomach above a loincloth and belt.
(photo at Bradshaw Foundation. Online athttps://www.bradshawfoundation.com/news/world_heritage.php?id=Neolithic-Gathering-and-Feasting-at-Gobekli-Tepe)

Göbekli Tepe Pillars 43 (Network & Vulture) and 18 (Ancestor) (9,600-8,800 BCE)

(July 3, 2022) Not all ancestral pillar stones have carvings but pillar 43 has an extensive set  illustrating the Ancient Pagan Paradigm as a background to a drought indicated by dying birds. 

Pillar 43 is known as the vulture stone because of its vulture image in the left middle position. That central section represents the middle connective layer of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm. The three large bricks making up its ceiling is the sky-shell.  

Right below the sky-shell and mixed in with the eagle vultures is a network represented by a fishing net similar to that shown below. According the Alphabetic Akkadian Mediterranean texts the eagle-vultures trim the network to direct the fertility fluids flowing within its links from the source layer to the proper place on earth. In the image, the eagle-vulture is holding the masculine sun in one wing which represents the connective power of the network and its fluids, sunlight, heat, and rain (when hidden).

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To the right of the network are Sacred Ibis which because of the shape of their beak and black head represent the feminine crescent moon against the night sky (it was popular in Egypt). The crescent moon power is the feminine complement to the sun and it guides the eagle-vultures and hence the flow of the fertility fluids. Significantly these ibises are lying down dead or weak indicating the crescent moon power has failed or is weak. To the right of the birds seems to be a dead snake. Snakes representing the power of life and death in ancient mythologies.

The image section below the connective layer represents the manifestation layer of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm. While partly hidden it contains a scorpion which represents paralysis. This would indicate that the life powers on earth are paralyzed due to the problems with the high powers.  

The later agricultural settlement period at Gobekli Tepe is represented by “Level II” having remains belonging to 8800-8000 BCE. It consists of buildings with rectangular rooms made from stone walls and terrazzo floors. It had less elaborate ritual places consisting only of large stone rings. Some of these buildings had smaller pillars being only 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall. This smaller scale indicates a smaller and more local population was supporting the rituals at this time instead of the larger population from festival gatherings (see Calleti 2020 for the latest update)


Caletti, Christopher C.  (2020) Göbekli Tepe and the Sites around the Urfa Plain (SE Turkey): Recent Discoveries and New Interpretations. Asia Anteriore Antica. Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. Online at: https://www.academia.edu/44461984/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe_and_the_Sites_around_the_Urfa_Plain_SE_Turkey_Recent_Discoveries_and_New_Interpretations
Don’s Maps by Don Hitchcock at: https://donsmaps.com/index.html#paintings
Gresky, J., Haelm, J., Clare, L. (2017) Modified human crania from Göbekli Tepe provide evidence for a new form of Neolithic skull cult. Sci. Adv.2017;3:e1700564 28 June 2017
Levant Partly Lordified Eagle-Vulture Without Wings at Start of Great Drought 1300 BCE

Levant Partly Lordified Eagle-Vulture Without Wings at Start of Great Drought 1300 BCE

The images on this cylinder seal are in the Cypriot style yet this seal was found at Tel Batash (Biblical Timnah) in what would soon become Philistia. This town was violently destroyed by invaders around 1280 BCE during the chaos surrounding the drought ending the Bronze age. The building in which it was found was some sort of public building. 
This image contrasts the power of life and death. On one side of the eagle-vulture is the tree of life with snakes at its base. On the other side is a dead Ibex representing the end to fertility. So an eagle vulture with clipped wings may indicate that it had become powerless. (from Mazar and Panitz-Cohen, 2019)
Mazar and Panitz-Cohen (2019) Tel Batash in the Late Bronze Age. Online at: https://www.academia.edu/40130336/Mazar_and_Panitz_Cohen_2019_Tel_Batash_in_the_Late_Bronze_Age20190820_6759_bfg08d
Anatolian Partly Lordified Eagle-Vulture at Start of Great Drought 1300 BCE

Anatolian Partly Lordified Eagle-Vulture at Start of Great Drought 1300 BCE

A more lordified (more human) Eagle Vulture image was found at the north gate of the Karatepe temple in southern Anatolia. It is surrounded by masculine and feminine fertility images. Above the vulture is the sun deity, Hu. All the divine powers have gained an additional set of wings to indicate their divinity.
The panel dates to about 1,300 BCE based upon its undeciphered Luwian writing and shows the persistence of Neolithic religious culture. These eagle-vultures are often mentioned in the earliest Alphabetic Akkadian texts. (from Ceram 1956)
Ceram, C.W.  (1956) The Secret of the Hittites, The Discovery of an Ancient Empire. Phoenix Press, London
Minoan Eagle-Vulture Seals (1600 BCE)

Minoan Eagle-Vulture Seals (1600 BCE)

Seals labels "2" show eagle vultures playing with the network. Seal 1b shows an eagle vulture on the right manipulating the sun. Seal 3b shows an eagle vulture manipulating water or wine storage.
Now at the Hecht Museum in Haifa, Israel (number H-1957). Seal made of bone  with loop handle on the back. 14 x 8 x 6 mm, height with handle is 13 mm. Notice the left upright bird being chased has a crest.
Image of the Long Crested eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) now found only in the savanna's of Africa. It is the only bird in the area having this sort of crest on the back of the head. Yet images of it exist in Phoenicia as well as in this sealing as the upright bird indicating it once resided in the Levant.
It generally perches until a rodent, snake, or lizard is spotted and then it swoops down upon its prey. In this it is the daytime equivalent to most owls which hunt more at dawn and dusk. https://ebird.org/species/loceag1
An eagle-vulture with a snake-like neck on a gravestone (cippus) without text from Sidon. Notice the crest on the back of its head. Now in the Louvre in Paris (AO 4946). It dates to about 300 BCE during the Hellenistic era

Lack of Life-Priest Support For Controlling Eagle-Vultures Leads to Them Being Chased Off (750 BCE)

(April 10, 2023) Image is of fighting eagle-vultures as indicated by the head down stance of one of the birds. The upright bird seems to be the 

Translation in Akkadian (Levant Text 60.43)

(Read left to right because picture is of seal and not its sealing. Capital letters on seal. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels. Verb is italic bold)
  1. Lu  A  Bu   (Levant Text 60.43.1) 

(Dual use letters are E/H, I/Y, U/W, and '/A in which vowel appears at beginning of words except for Yahu which is keeping its traditional Hebrew transliteration)

In English. 

  1. Lack nourishes this

Previous Hebrew Translation Attempt

Some Hebrew language scholars claim the text reads as follows:

  1. Belonging to Ab


Avigad, Nahman; Sass, Benjamin (1997) Corpus of West Semitic Stamp Seals. Published by THE ISRAEL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, THE ISRAEL EXPLORA TION SOCIETY, THE INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, asnd THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM. Online at: https://www.academia.edu/4786835/1997_Avigad_N_revised_and_completed_by_Sass_B_Corpus_of_West_Semitic_stamp_seals_Jerusalem 
Long Crested eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) soaring showing its white wing tips which would have represented either the sun or the full moon.
Eagle-Vulture Heads from Ritual Cauldrons. These Became Griffons in Greek Culture (700 BCE)

Eagle-Vulture Heads from Ritual Cauldrons. These Became Griffons in Greek Culture (700 BCE)

For a review of these cauldron decorative items see Bronze Monsters and the Cultures of Wonders by P. Nassos, 2021. Photo of display at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia in Greece by Jean Housen via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:20190507_084_olympia_museum.jpg
Close-up of large eagle-vulture (Griffon) head showing Druidic spirals.
Close-up of large eagle-vulture head from above photo showing Druidic spirals. 
Sheet-Bronze Eagle-Vulture Head for a Cauldron (650 BCE)

Sheet-Bronze Eagle-Vulture Head for a Cauldron (650 BCE)

This well preserved head was found on the Aegean Island of Rhodes. It is now at the British Museum (number 1870,0315.16)
Bottom support of a terracotta ritual vase showing eagle-vulture (griffon) cauldron from near Corinth, Greece (700 BCE).
Bottom support of a terracotta ritual vase showing eagle-vulture (griffon) cauldron from near Corinth, Greece (700 BCE). This was probably used in rituals as the top layer shows stars and life networks. Middle layer shows representations of the main types of life forms surrounding an eagle-vulture (griffon) cauldron besides an Alphabetic Akkadian letter "taw" meaning "motion-magic." Together the cauldron and letter represent both classes of spiritual powers. The bottom layer represents subterranean waters. 
Now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Accession Number: 23.160.18) at https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/251362
Bronze cauldron and stand from Salamis, Cyprus (650 BCE)

Bronze cauldron and stand from Salamis, Cyprus (650 BCE)

This cauldron has a mix of eagle-vultures and owls with one owl being personified. Photo from New York's Metropolitan Museum exhibition at: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/assyria-to-iberia/blog/posts/feasting-in-cyprus
Object on permanent display at Cyprus Museum in Nicosia. Item number: T.79/202, 202[b]

Minoan Griffon/Eagle Vulture from Knossos (1500 BCE)

Notice the three hair curls which are also seen on images from Mesopotamia. These represent the three layers of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm.
Olmsted personal photo taken at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum in Crete

Translation of Colossus of Naxos Base Text on Island of Delos

(Jan. 20, 2023) This text is blaming magic for opening up the astrological powers of fate which in turn are causing a drought by making the sun too strong. In this it parallels text 11 found on the island of Naxos.

Translation in Akkadian (Med Text 5.1)

(read left to right. Capital letters on stone. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels)
  • [1 or 2 letters]'  A  EKu  Ta'u  Gi |  
  • Ṭa' u E | 
  • AMu  Du  Ru | 
  • A  ZaKu  A || 
  • 'Z  Q  EG  AZ  (verb at end)

In English

  • This [some insult] starvation was energized by the pasture (astrological night sky) |
  • Come near no more |
  • The Reed-Boat (Ayu) was being manifested by the eagle-vultures |
  • She was the purifier ||
  • Association with threads associates with neglect
Minoan Linear A Text Listing Ritual Supplies for Eagle-Vultures
Linear A text reads left to right. Sign assignments by Olmsted. Front side of Malia Tablet HT 8 (Text Page 16 of Godart, L., and Olivier, J-P (1970).  https://cefael.efa.gr/detail.php?site_id=1&actionID=page&serie_id=EtCret&volume_number=21&issue_number=1&ce=cdgbj3h4otm6j6qpia2490ld6elpsapb&sp=52
Minoan Linear A Malia Tablet HT 8 back (Text Page 16 of Godart, L., and Olivier, J-P (1970)
Linear A text reads left to right. Sign assignments by Olmsted. Back side of Malia Tablet HT 8 (Text Page 16 of Godart, L., and Olivier, J-P (1970).  https://cefael.efa.gr/detail.php?site_id=1&actionID=page&serie_id=EtCret&volume_number=21&issue_number=1&ce=cdgbj3h4otm6j6qpia2490ld6elpsapb&sp=52

Ritual Supplies for Eagle-Vultures - Malia Tablet HT 8 (Minoan Text 7)

Front Side (Minoan Text 7.1)

(July 20, 2022) The text reads:

  1. For the eagle-vultures on-account-of nourishing 1, 
  2. 5 physical-purifiers. 2 anti-eliminators 
  3. not 1. Farmers work with Thesu.
  4. For not catching-wind 1 eternal-form of Hu

 In Akkadian

  1. ru ku bu lu
  2. 5 ḥâpu 2 zu yi
  3. ya 1 ludȗ ṭešu gu
  4. šāḫu ya 1 dāru Ḫu

Line 1 lists an item for the network editing eagle vultures to keep them working properly, that is, nourishing the earth.

Line 2 first lists 5 items for bodily cleansing (purification) and then 2 items to inhibit eagle-vultures from eliminating desired network links.

Line 3 goes on to state that some farmers work with the magical motion class of powers, specifically Thesu the motion manifestation deity whose most direct manifestation is that of the wind.

Line 4 gives the impression that working with Thesu is a bad idea so it  provides 1 representation of the life power sun god Hu to help prevent that.

Back Side (Minoan Text 7.2)

The text reads:

  1. For anti-energy-powers of the threaders (life priests) 10 Hu-items
  2. For Thu for working with (its) attacks 1 work-item (tool), correspondence-items, 3.
  3. For Involving the eagle-vultures, 2 anti-elimination-items on account of
  4. work-items (tools) are not deficient. Eagle-vulture-powers are lacking.
  5. Anti-threaders are nesting the energy.

 In Akkadian

  1. gi ya qa 10 Ḫu
  2. Ṭu râsu 1 gu še 3
  3. ki ru 2 zu ya ku
  4. gu lemu ya ra lu
  5. qa ya b'u gu

Line 1 lists 10 sun god items for the life priests who do not work with the motion (energy) powers.

Line 2 lists 1 tool and 3 correspondences for fending off emotion magic attacks.

Lines 3 lists items to prevent the eagle-vultures from eliminating desire life network threads. 

Line 4. Apparently some people have claimed the ritual tools of the life priests are defective. This line states the tools are not defective but that the eagle vultures are defective.

Line 5 claims the motion magic crafters antagonistic to life priests are preventing energy from pushing the fertility fluids.

Gravestone from the child cemetery of Carthage.
Gravestone from the child cemetery of Carthage. Now at the Tunisian National Bardo Museum. The child's cemetery is mistakenly called the "Tophet" from its use in the Hebrew scripture as a place for child sacrifice. The word is actually Akkadian meaning "Magical Boundary Opener" from Tu.Pe.Etu (Magic.Opener.Boundary).
Photo by Pascal Radigue via Wikimedia commons online at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St%C3%A8le_signe_tanit.jpg

Child Gravestone Text from Carthage Blames Eagle-Vultures for Drought (170 BCE)

(August 29, 2022) This gravestone was found in the children’s cemetery in Carthage. It dates sometime after 400 BCE when texts first started to appear on gravestones there (Sheldon 2020) and before the destruction of Carthage in 146 BCE. The text reveals that the child seems to have died from starvation due to a drought which dates it to about 170 BCE.

Translation in Akkadian (Med Text 12)

(read right to left. Capital letters on stone. Inner vowels inferred)
  1. IRu BaQu Ya Qu, Gi Qâ Lu. Nu Ba'u Ya
  2. UYa ARu NuNu. Ba'u YaḪu MaNu. AMu Nu
  3. Mu A'u Bu Pu AMu Ma. Nu EŠu Lu. RaBa Nu
  4. 'Bu Pu Mu. Iwu EŠu Gi. Ru AZu Qu. 
  5. A Ru MiQu MuRa Zu

In English

  1. Astrological-powers are not swarming the life-growth-threads, (because) energy lacks threads. The Revealer (Yahu) is not being nested.
  2. Misery makes anarchy. The nesting Controllers (Ayu and eagle-vultures) are paralyzing the Revealer. The Reed-Boat (Ayu) is revealed.
  3. The fertility-fluid's motion-powers are nourishing the Reed-Boat's fertility-fluids.  The Revealer lacks confusion. The Authorities (astrological powers) are revealed.
  4. Life-priests are opening the fertility-fluids. The Redirectors (Ayu and eagle-vultures) are confusing the energy. Eagle-vultures are getting involved with the life-growth-threads. 
  5. Those undermined eagle-vultures eliminate the rainstorms.    


Sheldon, N. (2020) The Tophet of Carthage: Archaeology and the Question of Sacrifice. From History and Archaeology Online at: https://historyandarchaeologyonline.com/the-tophet-of-carthage-archaeology-and-the-question-of-sacrifice/

Piacenza Liver Left Outer Section Text 2

Translation in Akkadian (Celt Text 1.1.2)

(read right to left. Capital letters on object. Small letters are inferred Inner vowels)
  1. Bu  Pu  Ya  AYu  Ru  (verb at end)

In English

  1. Nourishments are not opening Ayu's eagle-vultures